Often we can go beyond the basic requirements and take extra precautions or actions to further reduce our environmental impacts.
Fleet Fuel & Emission Reduction and Reporting
- Fuel reduction policies and procedures across our marine fleet, using shore-power where possible, shutting down and going ‘dead-ship’ after 24hrs, and ‘just-in-time’ service to our customers.
- Collaboration between dispatch and vessel crews ensures that towing jobs are planned in the most fuel-efficient manner, often combining multiple towing jobs to avoid ‘running light’. Our ferry fleet also optimizes its regular schedule.
- A vessel maintenance program to replace old, inefficient engines with new higher-tiered equipment. Our fleet engineering department trials fuel flow scanners and other metering equipment to assist with fuel conservation.
- Reporting our marine fleet’s fuel reduction initiatives to, and collaborated with, Port Metro Vancouver on numerous emission reduction studies, including the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy.
- Tracking our marine fleet fuel consumption by vessel, and have maintained a corporate annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory since 2006. A third party consultant reviews our GHG metrics, and provides input to our fleet emission reduction strategies.
Solid Waste Management and Recycling
- Segregation and diversion of major waste stream components from our ship repair work to recycling operations (wood, steel, rope, precious metals, cardboard, and large industrial soft and hard plastics.)
- When possible, we work with suppliers to reduce the volume of packaging.
- Active composting program at our Seaspan Log Barge division’s office cafeteria and tugs which generates 1000+ lbs of compost annually.
- Extra, good quality food products removed from our tugboats following a shift are donated to local charities.
Coating and Abrasive Improvements
- Spent sandblast grit from our North Vancouver shipyards is recycled through our abrasive vendor(s) and local cement manufacturers, rather than sent to a landfill. We work with our suppliers to pilot test, and use alternative abrasive mediums to copper slag where we can – this includes nickel, garnet, and aluminum oxide among others.
- Our painting and blasting departments are continually researching products that maintain high quality operational performance, while reducing negative air quality aspects. If possible, we source coating products that have reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) content, and ensure we are purchasing low-dust sandblast grit.
Energy Consumption Reduction
We work in partnership with BC Hydro Power Smart to assess and reduce the consumption of electricity from our industrial operations.